This lesson focus on general everyday Somali language phrases. This list will start with talking about yourself using random sentences. These sentences will be separated into three tables: Affirmative, Question form and Negative sentence. All these sentence will focus on 1st person singular. The first column is the English, the second will be the Somali translation and the third will have vocabulary from the sentences.
Note: In the vocabulary Column, when you see the star sign “*” it indicates that the word can be used as An imperative sentence, or command. For example: Eat (You are telling someone to eat) right? In Somali language, to tell someone to eat you say “Cun”.
Also make sure you know the pronunciation of letter “I” of Somali. It sounds like the “I” is “Islam” or “Indiana”.
These sentences are random and can help you see variety of sentences on different situation in your daily life.
Affirmative Oraah Vocabulary I see you. Waa kuu jeedaa. / Waa ku arkaa. See / Arag* I am standing. Waan taaganahay. Stand/ Istaag* I ate lunch. Waan qadeeyay. Eat/ Cun* I am surprised. Waan yaabanahay. Surprise/ Yaab I am sorry. Waan ka xumaahay. Sorry/ Ka xumaan I am scared. Waan baqayaa. Scare/Baqid/Cabsi I am happy. Waan faraxsanahay. Happy/ Farxad I have something to say. Inaan wax dhoho ayaan rabaa. Say it/ Dheh I said that. Saas baan dhahay. Said/ Dhay/Iri I am brushing my teeth. Waan cadayanayaa. Brush/ Tirtir* I am taking a shower. Waan qubaysanayaa Shower/Qubays I will call you. Waan ku soo wacayaa. Call/ Wac* I have nothing against you. Waxba kuuma qabo. Nothing/Waxba I heard you. Waan ku maqlay. Come/Imaansho I heard you are leaving. Waxaan maqlay in aad baxaysid. Leave/ Bixid I am tired. Waan daalanahay. Tired/ Daalan Show me around. Itus meelaha. Show/ Tus* Give me. Isii. Give/see* Save me. Ibadbaadi. Save/badbadin Help me. Icaawi. Help/ Cawin Look at me. Isoo fiiri. Look/Fiiri* Marry me. Iguurso. Marry/Guur Play with me. Ila ciyaar. Play/Ciyaar Accompany me. Ii weheel yeel. Accompany/Wehel Listen to me. Idhagayso. Listen/Dhaqayso Read for me. Ii Akhari. Read/Akhri Count with me. Ila tiri. Count/Tiri Eat with me. Ila cun. Eat/Cun Run with me. Ila orod. Run/Orod Watch with me. Ila daawo. Watch/Daawo* I love you. Waan ku Jeclahay. Love/Jacaly
Questions Su’aalo Vocabulary Do I know you? Ma ku aqaannaa? Know/Aqoon Do I need them? Ma u baahanahay? Need/ u baahan Do I throw this? Ma tuuraa? Throw/Tuur* Does she love me? Miyay I jeceshahay Love/Jacayl Does she recognize me? Miyay I garanaysaa? Recognize/garasho Did you call me? Miyaad I soo wacday? Call/Wac* Did you leave a message? Ma reebtay fariin? Message/fariin Did I tell you that? Ma kuu sheegay taas? Tell/Sheeg* Will you listen to me? Ma I dhagaysanaysaa? Listen/Dhaqayso* Will you come with me? Ma I raacaysaa? Come with/raacid Am I alone? Kaligay miyaan ahay? Alone/kali Am I sick? Ma jiranahay? Sick/jirro When will I get it? Goorma Ayaan helayaa? Get/helid When will I finish? Goorma Ayaan dhamaynayaa? Finish/ dhamee* How do I get there? Sidee u tagaa halkaas? There/halkaas How do I know? Sidee u aqaanaa? How/ Sidee How do I fix this? Sidee u hagaajiyaa? Fix/ Hagaajin How do I open this? Sidee u furaa kan? Open/Fur* How do I close this? Sidee u xiraa kan? Close/Xir* How long do I wait? Intee sugaa? How long/Intee Who woke me up? Yaa I toosiyay? Wake up/Toos* Who is there? Yaa halkaas jooga? Who/Qofkee Who is my teacher? Yaa macalinkayga ah? Teacher/Macalin Who do I ask? Yaan waaydiiyaa? Ask/Waydii* Who knows? Yaa yaqaan? Know/Aqoon Where is my car? Aaway gaarigayga? Car/gaari Where are we? Xaggee joognaa? Where/Xaggee Where did it go? Xagge aaday ayada? Go/Bax* (a bit rude) What is my number? Waa maxay lambar kayga? Number/Lambar What have I done? Maxaan sameeyay? Done/sameyay What is my job? Waa maxay shaqadayda? What/waa maxay Will I get a job? Ma heli doonaa shaqo? Job/shaqo Are we done? Ma dhamaynay? Done/Dhamayn Am I tiring you? Ma ku daalinayaa? Tire/Daal
Negative Diidmo Vocabulary I am not wrong. Ma khaldani. Wrong/Khalad I am not angry. Ma xanaaqsani. Angry/ Xanaaq I am not home. Ma joogo guriga. Home/ Guri I am not available. Ma la iheli karo. Available/la heli karo I am not sleeping here. Meeshaan ma seexanayo. Sleep/Seexasho I am not hungry. Ma gaajaysni. Hunger/Gaajo I am not cooking. Ma karinayo. Cook/Karin I am not helping. Ma caawinayo. Help/Caawin I did not do it. Ma samayn. Do/Samayn I did not have car issue. Ma haysan cillad gaari. Issue/Cillad I did not miss the class. Ma ka baaqan galaaska. Miis/u goyn I did not take my meds. Ma qaadan daawooyin kaygi. Medicine/Daawo I don’t know. Ma aqaan. Know/Aqoon I don’t care. Ma kala jecli. Care/Kala jecel I don’t mind. Waxba kama qabo. Mind/Ka qabin I don’t watch the news. Ma daawado wararka. Watch/Daawo* I don’t waste my time. Ma iska lumiyo wakhriga. Waste/Lumin I don’t remember. Ma xusuusto. Remember/Xasuus Don’t ask me. Ha iwaydiin. Ask/Waydii* Don’t give it to me. Ha isiin Give/See* Don’t run from me. Ha iga ordin. Run/Orod* Don’t worry about me Ha iga walwalin. Worry/Walwal Don’t bother me. Ha idhibin. Bother/dhib Don’t blame me. Ha i eedayn. Blame/eedayn I have not done anything. Ma samayn waxba. Anything/waxba I have not seen him. Ma arkin. Seen/arag I have not finished it yet. Ma dhamayn wali. Finish/dhamee* I will not accept this. Ma aqbalayo tan. Accept/Aqbal I will not go there. Ma aadayo halkaas. Go/aad* I will not hurt you. Ma ku dhibaataynayo. Hurt/Dhibaatayn I will not attend this school Ma dhiganayo iskoolkaan. Atten/Dhigasho I will not tolerate this. Ma u dulqaadanayo tan. Tolerate/Dulqaad I will not finish this. Ma dhamaynayo tan. This/Tan also Kan I don’t understand. Ma fahmin. Understand/Fahan Not bad. Ma xuma. Bad/xun source: learnsomali.com